Make Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes can help you control your blood pressure.

  • Diet. Eat a healthy diet that is:

    • Low in salt (sodium), total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

    • High in fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Be active. Try taking a brisk 10-minute walk 3 times a day 5 days a week.

  • Do not smoke. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible. Visit for tips on quitting.

These lifestyle changes for blood pressure control are similar to those for preventing high blood pressure.


  1. Guide to Community Preventive Services. Cardiovascular disease prevention and control: team-based care to improve blood pressure control Web site. Accessed June 24, 2014.